Arnold Kling explains how he gravitated to Austrian economics.
I was explaining to someone at dinner the other night that I came to Austrian economics in a very odd way. I did not study the sacred texts. I spent the prime of my career outside of the academy, experiencing the behavior of organizations. I saw first-hand the challenge that large organizations have in dealing with innovation. I saw the tenuous grasp that bosses have over their organizations. Above all, I saw how impossible it is for top management at firms to have the sort of information and control that is casually assumed in mainstream economic models. It is a relatively small leap from that insight to the insight that government officials also lack the information that they need to exercise the sort of control that is casually assumed in mainstream economics.
I came to Austrian economics because that is how business in the real world felt to me.
This comment also reveals the close relationship between Austrian econ and public choice theory, which seems to me to link through Hayek, but almost solely through Hayek.